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If you make it past Beyoncé's come-hither cover for GQ's February issue, you'll see that there are actually words inside—including an interview with the superstar.
Alongside more sizzling photos, the singer spoke about her upcoming Super Bowl XLVII halftime show performance, her work ethic and her influences.
"One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete," she told the magazine. "You know how they sit down and watch whoever they're going to play and study themselves? That's how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.' Or ‘I should never do that again.' I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I'm always eager for new information."
And while Beyoncé is obviously one of the most successful stars in the industry, that success came at a price.
"I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want," she said. "I've reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I've sacrificed a lot of things, and I've worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it."
Jay-Z's better half added, "I love my job, but it's more than that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost."
But even Bey has to admit, "I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand."
The February issue hits newsstands Jan. 22.